Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

An appalling roll-call of names of those who have died while in the care of the state. Whitehall, London. 25th October 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

United Families and Friends Campaign Custody Deaths. London. 25th October 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-10-25 00:00:00

Friends and families of those who have died while in the care of the state march and hold a procession through London to bring attention to their plight.

They are joined by the families of Sean Rigg, a sometime service user who had mental health problems and who died while in the custody of police authorities in August 2008 and the mother of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was brutally killed in 2005 by British police officers during the botched Operation Kratos.

Despite having proceeded through London for many years now, the British government persist with their failures and continue to insist that investigations into police conduct should be carried out by the police themselves, leading to accusations that the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) will, from time to time, protect rank and file officers at the expense of the wider general public they are there to serve.

The sombre remembrance procession marches from Trafalgar Square, along Whitehall to Downing Street where family members attach pictures, and death certificates to a fence before heading into Parliament Square to voice their frustration at the injustice of the British Justice system.

Whitehall, London. 25th October 2008.

The families of the dead dressed in black read their names before moving off to Downing Street.

The families of the dead dressed in black read their names before moving off to Downing Street.

The nieces of Jason McPherson, a man who died while being restrained by police officers at Notting Hill Police Station, hold up a demand for justice for their uncle.

The nieces of Jason McPherson, a man who died while being restrained by police officers at Notting Hill Police Station, hold up a demand for justice for their uncle.

His grandmother joins their call for justice.

His grandmother joins their call for justice.

A woman and relative of Richard Chang, an IT Business Analyst who previously worked at the Abbey National Bank and who, the bank claim, commited suicide at its HQ after being interviewed by internal investigators over a whistleblower document sent to its senior management, is comforted outside Downing Street.

A woman and relative of Richard Chang, an IT Business Analyst who previously worked at the Abbey National Bank and who, the bank claim, commited suicide at its HQ after being interviewed by internal investigators over a whistleblower document sent to its senior management, is comforted outside Downing Street.

Relatives vent their frustration over the death of Sean Rigg, a man who had mental health problems and who died at Brixton Police station while in the care of police officers in August of this year.

Relatives vent their frustration over the death of Sean Rigg, a man who had mental health problems and who died at Brixton Police station while in the care of police officers in August of this year.

The family of Sean Rigg place his picture on the fence outside Downing Street as another woman waits to place a floral wreath.

The family of Sean Rigg place his picture on the fence outside Downing Street as another woman waits to place a floral wreath.

The mother of Jean Charles de Menezes, Maria Otone de Menezes, walks away from the gates of Downing Street after tying a floral bouquet in memory of her son who was shot and killed by British counter-terrorism police who had wrongly claimed him to be a suicide bomber. Jean Charles died violently by shooting on 22nd July 2005 at Stockwell underground station, London.

The mother of Jean Charles de Menezes, Maria Otone de Menezes, walks away from the gates of Downing Street after tying a floral bouquet in memory of her son who was shot and killed by British counter-terrorism police who had wrongly claimed him to be a suicide bomber. Jean Charles died violently by shooting on 22nd July 2005 at Stockwell underground station, London.

Bystanders walk past the tributes after the procession moves away.

Bystanders walk past the tributes after the procession moves away.